Top 10 Twitter Tips

December 12th, 2008 | by Leila Davies |

Seeing as how Twitter is becoming more and more popular amongst businesses (even Walmart uses it!) we have decided to give you a quick over view of some Twitter best practises.

Top 10 Twitter Tips:

1)    Make objectives about what you want to achieve by using Twitter, and stick to them. You need to know what you want to achieve with Twitter. If there are too many things, create more than one account – each one should have its own agenda and credibility. Think about your user name. If you want to build up awareness for your own name brand, use your name, but if you want to build up your company name, you could try a mix of your name and the company name or just the company – depending on the length of your company name. E.G Leila_Interleado. You don’t want to use a name like superstar69 because it gives absolutely nothing away about you or your company and it doesn’t inspire any kind of credibility.

2)    When you add your avatar try not to add a picture of you wearing a giant silly hat, or you sitting in a boardroom. You want to be a human as well as professional. You also want to inspire confidence in your business capabilities and not look like a joker. Keep it simply you –and enforce your brand (whether it’s a personal brand, company brand, or your voice in the company brand).

3)    Add your URL and a small bio to your profile. People will have an online reference to learn about what you are offering them or what else there is to learn about you. Your profile reflects your brand.

4)    Twitter is like micro blogging. Your messages have a limit of 140 characters. Make them count.

5)    Twitter is no longer there just to tell people that your dog had 5 adorable puppies and you have decided to name them all Bob and Trudy. Now is the time to use Twitter to tell people about your business goals, your professional interests, to spread knowledge and offer customer support. Use your own ideas to spread the messages – be unique!

6)    That said, by no means is it deemed acceptable to spam your followers with “Tweets”* only concerning your company and how great it is. This is a sure fire way to either lose follower or not gain any. Add a human touch by passing on the link to an article you found funny or interesting. Tweet about issues you have online, things you found on your way to work, ask questions and reply to what other “Twits (or Tweeps)”** say. Offer customer support for example. Be useful but keep a balance.

7)    Add followers who you think you can learn from.  Hopefully they will think the same of you and follow you in return. It’s about building up a network here, the more useful all the connections are the better for you and everyone who networks with you. This means not automatically following people who follow you too. Depending on what you want to achieve, it seems logical that you would only follow people who have things to say that you find useful or interesting in any way. This is a chance to gain new blog readers, newsletter subscribers or software users. Again, this depends on what you want to achieve with Twitter.

8)    If you like what one of your followers  contributed, say so! By “Retweeting”*** what one of your followers or someone you are following says, you let them know that you found what they said interesting and that you are willing to share it with others . You could also reply to them or send a direct message and let them know. To retweet something, users typically type in “Retweeting” and the user name with an @ in front of it to show who posted it originally e.g. “Retweeting @LeilaPan” then paste the Tweet here. To reply to someone you type in the user name with an @ before it e.g. “@LeilaPan nice article!”. Users can be notified when they get these replies so they will know you replied to them or retweeted their message and may be more inclined to return the favour. Try to keep  a balance though, people can see when you are Tweeting your own messages or when you are replying or Retweeting – make sure you have your own voice.

9)    Use Twitter regularly. The more you use it, the more interaction people see. The more use people see in following you and the more followers you will receive!

10)    Twitter can give you insight you may not have had before. It can form part of your online reputation management. Track what people say about you or your company, or both! See if people are Tweeting your articles. By responding to what people say about your brand you build up your network and credibility.

Of course there are many Twitter tools and resources out there to help you use the application as best you can. It’s all about using it and finding out what works for you. You might also want to brush up on your Twitter lingo (you could even make up your own Twords! Twitter words…that one’s all mine.) Twittering can be fun, and keeps the communication lines with your target audience wide open.

The most important thing to remember is that this takes time, but it is becoming more and more widely accepted as a way to interact with existing and potential customers or even your niche heroes.

If you would like to follow some Interleado employees, you can follow me or our CEO, Peter Cullen.

*Twitter posts

**Twitter users

***Reposting a Tweet

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  1. 12 Responses to “Top 10 Twitter Tips”

  2. By Ben Tremblay on Dec 15, 2008 | Reply

    All very good tips and I agree! Twitter is much more than just a way to let other people know what you had for dinner. I think at some point you have to see your twitter feed as a “show”. You have to entertain people and provide them with a good reason to follow you. It’s also important to follow other people as you mentioned: everyone have things to share! ;)

    Good post!

  3. By Leila Davies on Dec 15, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks Ben!

    It’s good that there are some people out there (like you) who recognise the fact that the way Twitter can be used has changed or is changing. Hopefully more people will start seeing the opportunities :)

  4. By Roo on Dec 17, 2008 | Reply

    Some great tips there! Good linkage to the tools and resources on Darren Rowse’s twitter blog too.

  5. By Leila Davies on Dec 17, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for the heads up Roo!

  6. By kieran on Jan 7, 2009 | Reply

    really good post. Twitter is defo increasing it’s strength. Be interesting to see what big brands can make of it.

  7. By Scott "Q" Marcus on Jan 17, 2009 | Reply

    Just found your post and did a blog entry about it; thanks for adding some guidelines to using Twitter. So tired of “cleaning diapers, washing dishes” as tweets. Good job!

  8. By Kathy Orr on Nov 4, 2009 | Reply

    Great info on Twitter use. I just followed you!
    Cheers,
    Kathy Orr

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